Welcome to the Catholic Worker in Glasgow

COP26 - Critical Moment for Climate

 In November, Glasgow will play host to the COP [Conference of the Parties]26 at which discussions will revolve around how to work towards the targets set out in the Paris Agreement and UN Convention on Climate Change. There has been a great deal of excitement generated by the event and a definite feeling of momentum. However, this is also balanced by a sense of skepticism in whether the conference’s aims will be met, as well as what, and who, is being left out of the discussion. Here at the Glasgow Catholic Worker, we are acutely aware that there are still necessary topics that seem to be neglected, including living simply and the link between the climate crisis and violence, both of which are glaringly omitted from the official narrative.

If you look at the statement from COP President, Alok Sharma 

COP26 - The Hour is Late

The hour is late so I won’t mince my words – Addressing climate change is inexorably tied to achieving peace and economic social justice, as entrenched militarism and oligarchic power structures are prioritizing capital over the planet, and marginalized communities will absorb the worst effects if we don’t act.   

These are the blunt facts of the matter; catastrophic environmental destruction is an act of war and violence against God’s creation, 6 million of the Creator’s creatures are the brink of extinction. If we do not act now then [more...].


COP26- An invitation to the Holy Father

Holy Father,

Your loving concern for the welfare of all God's children is known throughout the world and acknowledged by everybody. In Laudato Si you articulated this with thoughtful, precise and inspiring words. Now you are coming to Cop 26 in Glasgow to join with the representatives of many countries, to give witness to your concern for the fate of humanity and of the planet

You come to the land sanctified by the labours of countless luminaries suich as Columba, Ninian, Aiden, Margaret, and a host of others. Indeed our land was one famed as “specialis filia ecclesiae Romanae” - the special daughter of the Roman Church.  

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Who are we?

We are a community of Catholics living out our faith in the world in partnership with people of all faiths and none.
We are inspired by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Catholic Social Teaching [Read more...]

A Glasgow Catholic Worker Prayer

Today we gather as a scattered community to pray
We ask you Lord to guide our hearts and hands
towards the works of mercy
which we as Catholic Workers are called to do .

We thank you Lord [more...]  

Who was Dorothy Day?

  Dorothy Day was born on November 8th, 1897 in Brooklyn New York. She spent much of her childhood in San Francisco and Chicago. It was during her families move to Chicago that Dorothy got to feel first hand the impact of not having needed resources, as her father was temporarily unemployed. He did gain employment as a journalist in Chicago, and while certainly [more...]

John Dear

John Dear joined us on the evening of 12th September 2013.  His talk was on non-viloence and and his contacts with the Catholic Worker. We didn't record the visit but John has written this Peace Journal from Scotland which gives an idea of his visit. Thank you John for your witness to the peace of Christ and the message of non-violence.

Rev, John Dear S.J. is a Jesuit Priest, Peace Activist, Organizer, Lecturer, Retreat leader, and author/editor of 28 books on peace and nonviolence. Archbishop Desmond Tutu has nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Place of Welcome

Our Place of Welcome is situated in the centre of Glasgow at the Garnethill Multicultural Centre in Rose Street.
Open from 9am to 1pm every Saturday it offers a place where asylum seekers and refugees who may be destitute can come. Refreshments are available. We are happy to welcome more...

Soup Kitchen

 We share our food with our sisters and brothers each Friday night between 9-10pm out on the street near Central Station Glasgow.

Those who help supply their own sandwiches for sharing. We also share soup and sometimes hot meals.

If you would like to help please get in touch.

The Catholic Worker Believes..


  • The Catholic Worker believes in the gentle personalism of traditional Catholicism.
  • The Catholic Worker believes in the personal obligation of looking after the needs of our sisters and brothers.
  • The Catholic Worker believes in the daily practice of the works of mercy.
  • The Catholic Worker believes in Houses of Hospitality for the immediate relief of those who are in need.
  • The Catholic Worker believes in creating a new society within the shell of the old.

 Peter Maurin

Documentary on Dorothy Day

Letter signed by Dorothy Day on abortion

Letter signed by Dorothy Day

Round table discussion

Third Tuesday of the month.

Please email to find out more.



"We need round-table discussions to keep trained minds from becoming academic.

We need round-table discussions to keep untrained minds from becoming superficial.

We need round-table discussions to learn from scholars how things would be, if they were as they should be." 

Peter Maurin

4 Minute Witness

First Saturday of the month.

On the First Saturday of the month we witness at Faslane for peace and an end to weapons of mass destruction.  Join us at 10:00am at the South Gate or get in touch, there may be transport available from the centre of Glasgow.

'I die with the conviction, held since 1968 and Catonsville, that nuclear weapons are the scourge of the earth; to mine for them, manufacture them, deploy them, use them, is a curse against God, the human family, and the earth itself.' Philip Berrigan

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